Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 19, 1709-1714. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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Anno 11° Annæ Reginæ.
DIE Martis, 10 Martii.
Domini tam Spirituales quam Temporales præsentes fuerunt:
Ld. Treror appointed Speaker:
The Lord Treasurer signified to the House, from Her Majesty, "That Her Majesty hath granted a Commission, under the Great Seal of Great Britain, to Thomas Lord Trevor, Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas, to supply the Place of Lord Keeper, as Speaker of this House, during the Sickness and Absence of Simon Lord Harcourt Lord Keeper."
Hereupon the said Commission was read, as follows:
"Anne, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, Queen, Defender of the Faith, &c. To Our Right Trusty and Well-beloved Counsellor Thomas Lord Trevor, Baron of Bromham, Chief Justice of Our Court of Common Pleas, Greeting. Know ye, that We, trusting in your approved Fidelity, Wisdom, and Discretion, have constituted, named, and appointed, and, by these Presents, do constitute, name, and authorize you, from Time to Time, to use and supply the Room and Place of Lord Keeper of Our Great Seal of Great Britain, in the Upper House of Parliament, amongst the Lords Spiritual and Temporal there assembled, during the Absence of Our Right Trusty and Well-beloved Counsellor Simon Lord Harcourt, Baron of Stanton Harcourt, Lord Keeper of Our Great Seal of Great Britain, from his accustomed Place in Our said Upper House of Parliament; and then and there to do and execute all such Things, which Our Lord Keeper of Our Great Seal of Great Britain, using and supplying the said Room and Place, should or might do in that Behalf: Wherefore We will and command you, the said Thomas Lord Trevor, to attend and execute the Premises with Effect; and these Our Letters Patents shall be your sufficient Warrant and Discharge for the same in every Behalf. In Witness whereof, We have caused these Our Letters to be made Patents.
"Witness Ourself, at Westminster, the Ninth Day of March, in the Twelfth Year of Our Reign.
"Per ipsam Reginam, propria Manu signat.
Then the Lord Trevor was called upon by the House to take his Place upon the Woolfack; and their Lordships appointed the Mace to be laid thereupon, and carried before him.
Ld. Paget takes his Seat.
This Day Henry Lord Paget and Burton sat first in Parliament, after the Death of his Father William Lord Paget; and took the Oaths, and made and subscribed the Declaration, and also took and subscribed the Oath of Abjuration, pursuant to the Statutes.
The Speaker acquainted the House, "That Her Majesty had sent a Commission for the further proroguing of the Parliament."
Then the House was adjourned during Pleasure.
The House was resumed.
Then the Lords Commissioners (in their Robes) being seated on a Form placed between the Throne and the Woolsack; the Lord Treasurer in the Middle; with the Lord Steward on his Right Hand; and the Lord Trevor on his Left; commanded the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod to go to the House of Commons, and let them know, "That the Commissioners desire their immediate Attendance in the House of Peers, to hear the Commission read."
Who being come, with their Speaker; the Commission was read, by the Clerk, as follows;
Commission for proroguing the Parliament.
"Anna, Dei Gratia, Magnæ Britanniæ, Franc. & Hib'niæ Regina, Fidei Defensor, &c. Reverendissimo in Christo Patri & Fideli Consiliario Nostro Thomæ Archiepiscopo Cantuar. totius Angliæ Primati & Metropolitano, Prædilecto & Fideli Consiliario Nostro Simoni Domino Harcourt Custodi Magni Sigilli Nostri Magnæ Britanniæ, Charissimis Consanguineis & Consiliariis Nostris Rob'to Comiti de Oxon. & Comiti Mortimer Magno Thesaurario Nostro Mag. Britanniæ, Joh'i Duci de Comitatu Buckingham et de Normanby Præsidenti Concilii Nostri, Jacobo Duci Ormonde Capitaneo Generali Copiarum Nostrarum, Joh'i Comiti Poulet Senescallo Hospitii Nostri, Willielmo Comiti Dartmouth Primario Secretario Nostro, Henrico Vicecomiti Bullingbrooke Uni Primariorum Secretariorum Nostrorum, & Prædilecto & Fideli Consiliario Nostro Thom. Domino Trevor Capitali Justiciario Nostro de Banco, Salutem. Cum nuper, pro quibusdam arduis & urgentibus Negotiis, Nos, Statum & Defensionem Regni Nostri Mag. Britanniæ & Ecclesiæ concernentibus, præsens hoc Parliamentum Nostrum apud Civitatem Nostram Westm. Vicesimo Quinto Die Novembris, Anno Regni Nostri Nono, inchoari & teneri ordinaverimus; quo Die idem Parliamentum Nostrum inchoatum & tentum fuit; et abinde, per separalia Adjournamenta & Prorogationes, usque ad et in instantem Diem Martis, Decimum Diem Martii, adjournatum & prorogatum fuit, apud Civitatem Nostram Westmonaster. præd. ibidem tunc tenendum & prosequendum: Sciatis tamen, quod, certis urgentibus Causis & Considerationibus Nos specialiter moventibus, idem Parliamentum Nostrum ulterius prorogandum duximus. De Fidelitate igitur, Prudentia, & Circumspectionibus vestris plurimum confidentes, de Avisamento & Assensu Concilii Nostri, assignavimus vos Commissionarios Nostros; dantes vobis, & aliquibus Tribus vel pluribus vestrum, Tenore Præsentium, plenam Potestatem & Auctoritatem, hoc instante Die Martis, ad præsens Parliamentum Nostrum, Nomine Nostro, usque ad et in Diem Martis, Decimum Septimum Diem hujus instantis Martii, apud prædictam Civitatem Nostram Westmonaster. prorogandum & continnandum, ibidemque tunc tenendum & prosequendum; & ideo vobis mandamus, quod circa Præmissa diligenter intendatis, ac ea in Forma prædicta effectualiter expleatis. Damus autem universis & singulis Archiepiscopis, Ducibus, Marchionibus, Comitibus, Vicecomitibus, Episcopis, Baronibus, Militibus, Civibus, Burgensibus, et Commissionariis pro Comitat. & Burgis, ac omnibus aliis quorum interest ad dictum Parliamentum Nostrum conventuris, Tenore Præsentium, firmiter in Mandatis, quod vobis in Præmissis faciendis, agendis, & exequendis, pareant, obediant, & intendant, prout decet. In cujus Rei Testimonium, has Literas Nostras fieri fecimus Patentes.
"Teste Meipsa, apud Westmonaster. Decimo Die Martii, Anno Regni Nostri Duodecimo.
"Per ipsam Reginam, propria Manu signat.
Then the Lord Treasurer said,
"My Lords, and Gentlemen of the House of Commons,
"By Virtue of Her Majesty's Commission now read, and to us and other Lords directed, we do, in Her Majesty's Name, further prorogue this present Parliament to Tuesday the Seventeenth Day of this Instant March: And this Parliament is accordingly prorogued to Tuesday the Seventeenth Day of this Instant March."